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PIG-FOOTED BANDICOOT

known, burrows in the soil, whence it extracts grubs; it is also
a grass-feeder, and it is said that its likeness to a Babbit in
appearance is strengthened by its similarity in flavour!

Perameles is a genus consisting of twelve species, which are
found in Tasmania, Australia, and Hew Guinea. Like the last
genus, from which it does not widely differ in other points,
Perameles consists of species which combine insectivorous and
vegetarian habits. One species is said to become in captivity an
expert in catching mice. The pouch opens backwards, and there
are six or eight mammae.

The last genus of this family is Choeropus, containing but
one species, Cfa. castanotis. It is confined to the Australian con-

FIG. 87.—Pig-footed Bandicoot.    Choeropus castanotis.     x £.

tiaent. It is to be distinguished from the last two by the fact
that there are only two functional digits, the second and third,
in the fore-limb; the fourth is rudimentary; the other two are
absent. It burrows, and is omnivorous like its allies. The two
metacarpals that are developed are very long and closely apposed;
they have hence a remarkably pig-like aspect, and* justify its
name. The pouch opens backwards, and there are eight mammae.
Fam. 4. Kotoryctidae.—This family contains but a single
geiras and species, the recently-discovered JWotoryctes

1 See for an account of this animal, Professor Stirling's Memoir in Trans. Moy.
."                        1891, p, 154, and Gadow, Proc. Zool. So'c, 1892,  p. 361.